Drug and addiction counsellor Sgt Moses Kimenchu has revealed that the famous Martin Kamotho alias Githeri Man needs urgent rehabilitation and medical attention.
Sgt Kimenchu, who visited Mr Kamotho on Monday at his rental home in Kayole, Nairobi, said the man is in stage five of addiction.
“The man requires urgent medical attention, mentorship and counselling before his case gets out of hand,” Sgt Kimenchu said.
Mr Kimenchu said he decided to look for the man after he saw photos of him “dead-drunk” on trolley circulating on online platforms.
He said he also wanted to see how he could help a fellow beneficiary of the Head of State Commendation (HSC) come out of the drinking menace.
In 2018, Githeri Man had successfully completed his rehab programme at the Mama Care Addiction and Recovery Centre under Kiambu Woman Rep Gathoni Wa Muchomba and graduated in an event that was graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta who personally awarded him a certificate.
But Mr Kimenchu, who assessed the man, said he immediately went back to drinking after graduating.
The counsellor said frustrations by various sponsors, people’s perception of him and failure to change his environment are the main factors making Githeri Man unable to quit drinking.
“Even after rehabilitation, Mr Kamotho went back to his usual living area. There was no follow up from the rehab’s management, and then the man was already frustrated by the various sponsors who had hired him to advertise their products but failed to pay him yet people perceive him as a rich man. He must have turned back to drinking to run away from criticism and questions,” Mr Kimenchu said.
Mr Kimenchu went ahead adding that,
“He also needs mentorship and empowerment skills to tackle his addiction and frustration in order to help him overcome the challenges and help other people to confront their problems.”